neck radius

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by StingrayKid21, Mar 18, 2002.

  1. StingrayKid21

    StingrayKid21 Holding down the low-end since 1996.

    Oct 7, 2001
    Portland, OR
    Hey gang,

    I'm looking into buying a new 4-string and I've narrowed my choices down to a MM Stingray and a G&L L-2000. One thing I noticed about the G&L is that it offers four different neck options, with different neck widths and radii. What exactly is the radius of the neck? For instance, I plan on getting a neck with a width of 1.5" at the nut, but I then have to choose between a radius of 12" or 7.5"... which has got me somewhat confused. Is there really that much difference in the playablility of the neck?

  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    The bigger the radius the flatter the fretboard.
    A flatter fretboard may make it easier to achieve a good setup/low action (more modern), a rounder one makes things like barre fingering easier (more oldschool).